Cauliflower and Cheese Puff

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff

Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Puff is a simple soufflé like dish that is great for a brunch or meatless dinner. Can be made gluten free or dairy free.


  • 1/2 head cauliflower chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons onion very finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour for gluten-free use 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • hot pepper sauce to taste
  • 1 cup low fat milk substitute almond or soy milk if desired
  • 3 eggs seperated
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium saucepan cover cauliflower with water and cook for 8-10 minutes until soft. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of cooking water.
  3. Put cauliflower into blender and puree, adding cooking water a tablespoon at a time as needed..
  4. In the sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Sautee onions and garlic 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add flour, salt and pepper and stir over medium heat for another minute or two to make a roux. (For gluten free, skip the roux making and just add seasonings at this point).
  5. Remove from heat and slowly pour in milk whisking until smooth. Return to heat and cook for a few minutes until thickened. (For gluten free, add corn starch with milk and whisk thoroughly). Remove from heat.
  6. Sprinkle cheese over milk mixture and mix until smooth.
  7. Stir in cauliflower.
  8. Separate eggs. Whisk yolks into milk mixture. Add pepper sauce to taste.
  9. Gently fold whites into cauliflower mixture.
  10. Pour into an ungreased 1 quart baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until top is golden brown and set in the center. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

when the puff is first removed from the oven it will be fluffy like a soufflé then will collapse a bit in the middle. This is supposed to happen. Cauliflower Puff before it falls